Sustainable Living – Resources

Are you new to the Tri-Cities, or new to the idea of living sustainably? Then here is a great place to start for discovering what is available in our community: from a more healthful life through farm fresh food and outdoor recreation, to reducing your carbon footprint, educating our children, and conserving resources.

Make your holiday shopping easier and greener!

Here are some all-age eco gift ideas that can help save resources and come from the heart.

  • Give green cleaning supplies in a basket (with a recipe book, of course). Include baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, salt and reusable cleaning towels.
  • Assemble meals or treats where the recipient only has to add the liquids and stir or bake. Cookies, brownies, breads, pancake mix, cocoa or coffee mix, soups, rice pilaf, etc. Be sure to include the directions.
  • Scrap book or photo album of memories with a friend or loved one.
  • Cookbook with your favorite recipes.
  • Set up a monthly lunch date or phone call. Perfect for elderly friends or relatives.
  • Make a donation to a local group or cause. Purchase a membership or even an item they sell. Donate to one of our affiliates or check out the The 14th annual Alternative Gift Fair virtual event Saturday, December 5, 2020, noon to 4 pm.

For more ideas visit the Eco-Friendly Gift page.

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Farmers Markets, Produce Stands

Kennewick Farmers Market Thursday 4pm-7pm. 204 W. Kennewick Ave. (May – October)

Pasco Farmers Market Saturday 9am-1pm. S. 4th Ave. & W. Columbia St. (May – October)

Richland Farmers Market– Friday 9am-1pm. 707 the Pkwy. (June – October)

Produce stands, U-Pick, Community Supported Agriculture, and more in the Tri-Cities guide.

Gardening, Native Plants and Community Gardens

The Heritage Garden program provides free services to residents and businesses in the Tri-Cities.

WSU Extension Master Gardeners program

Community Gardens

Tri-Cities Community Gardens

Richland Community Gardens

Energy

Electric Vehicles Charging Stations – Find the latest info at Plugshare.

Mid Columbia Electric Vehicle Association (Facebook Page)

EVITA an industry collaboration comprised of Energy NW, Benton and Franklin PUD, and others.

Solar Washington is the nonprofit organization connecting you with “all things solar” in Washington.

Energy conservation

Tips: Benton PUD or the City of Richland: Home Energy Tune-up and Online Audit; Renewable energy and Net Metering, and more.

Climate

Info on Ozone in the Tri-Cities and how to sign up for Ozone alerts. TriCities Ozone Forecast

Outdoor activities

See the Tri-Cities Guide for: Bicycling,  hiking, running, camping, canoeing, kayaking, Bird Watching, Native Plant Identification & Wildlife Viewing, City Parks and Recreation Departments


Green Building

When buying or building a home:  Built Green® Tri-Cities Program


Nature Education and Conservation Organizations

Audubon Society Lower Columbia Basin chapter

Conservation districts Benton County and Franklin County ;

Friends of Badger Mountain

Friends of Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuges

The Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site MCBONES  

Native Plant Society Columbia Basin Chapter

REI outdoors education

REACH Museum  Interpretive center of the Hanford Reach and Columbia Basin

Tapteal Greenway  Conservation and recreation of the lower Yakima River 

Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association (facebookpage)

Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network

Sustainable Living Center Walla Walla:

 Tri-Cities Citizens’ Climate Education: www.facebook.com/TriCCL 

Washington green schools and E3 Washington. Students and communities across Washington State are working to create greener, healthier school environments. E3 Washington supports environmental and sustainability education (ESE) for all WA students.